I will vote against this very bad deal
For the past two years, the prime minister has told us repeatedly “no deal is better than a bad deal”, something she said she would never agree to. And yet what we must now vote on is a very bad deal.
Any deal that puts Scotland at a competitive disadvantage compared to Northern Ireland and simply rebrands – instead of reforms – the Common Fisheries Policy is “a bad deal”.
And any deal that leaves the UK “in but not in” the EU, and “out but not out” is also “a bad deal”.
But Theresa May is wrong to insist this is a “take it or leave it” situation because there is time to secure a far better deal; one that keeps us in the single market and the customs union.
That is why I will definitely vote against this deal when it comes before Westminster on Tuesday.
Of course, this isn’t what we were promised back in 2014, when we were told that only by voting no in the independence referendum would we be able to retain our EU citizenship.
Nor that doing so would set Scotland in competition to its westerly neighbour.
And all of this at the behest of a government we didn’t vote for.
This is why Scotland’s parliament needs the full powers that every other normal, independent parliament has, to ensure that never again will Scotland be reduced to being a passive bystander, while things are done to it and for it by governments we have rejected.